New signs are now on show at The Store hotel in Oxford.

Department store Boswells closed in 2020 and the historic building in Broad Street has been transformed into a 101-bedroom hotel with a rooftop bar and terrace.

Owners Reef Group had hoped to open the hotel before the end of the year but contractor Gilbert-Ash was hit by unexpected delays and the opening is now scheduled for the spring.

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An announcement about the opening schedule for the hotel is expected this month.

New signs have now gone up in Cornmarket and Broad Street to promote the hotel.

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The ground floor bar at The Store will feature floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Broad Street and bosses have said this space can be used for coffee meetings and lunches throughout the day.

The hotel has seven floors. 

The 101 bedrooms are spread across the two interconnected buildings, some with velvet headboards, panelled walls, and bold art deco features, while others have courtyard views.

General manager Simon Drake said earlier he is looking forward to the opening.

The rooftop terrace will feature "meat smokers, parasols and heaters", with seating for 20 or 30 guests and a capacity for 60 people.

The hotel, restaurant, rooftop bar, co-working bar, and spa is being designed by Reef Group and hospitality team EQ Group.

Construction materials have now been removed from outside the hotel entrance in Broad Street.

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